The Delaware Department of Education said they would be mailing individual student Smarter Balanced Assessment results yesterday, Friday September 18th, and on Monday, September 21st. Depending on the mail system, some parents could be getting those results today. This is the moment where many parents will get these scores and say “What the hell is this?” And God forbid if ANY parent in this state who opted their child out gets actual results in the mail.
If anyone wants to share information about this with me, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. All is confidential, and if I write about the results, it will not include any information about YOUR child. Unless that is something you want to comment on after the article is published.
This will be a very interesting week. If you are very upset about this, I strongly suggest going to the State Board of Education workshop on the “Smarter Assessment” on October 5th at Grotto’s Pizza in Dover, DE at 5pm. Light refreshments on the State Board (if they follow what they did at other Grotto’s State Board workshops). This usually does NOT include free pizza! Let the State Board know how you feel about this test they praise as the greatest thing since the Vega! (This is not quoted anywhere, nor was it ever said, but it will be the end result).
When you see these results, ask yourself… “How did we get here?” “What do I do?” “Is this test really worth it?” And take action. All the fluff and stuff you get from DOE will say “Contact your child’s teacher if you have more questions.” But which one? Their current teacher or the one they had last year when your child took the test? I would say neither. They don’t have the answers or any of the cut score information. All they get is the overall results and their classes scores from the previous year. But the cut score was an arbitrary number pulled out of a hat. Another option to consider, if you haven’t already, is refusing the test for your child. Opt them out. Do it now. Some schools will give you crap, but stand your ground. The only way to make this go away is to ignore it. Opt out is ignoring it. It’s saying “Take your stupid test, your useless, untimely, not validated, not statistically normed, not internationally benchmarked, waste of time test and stop treating my child as data for your proficiency mongering.”